We pledge that even with these ambitious measures, our detailed platform will be fully costed and will be more fiscally responsible than that of the other parties. We will submit our entire platform and budget to the Parliamentary Budget Office for independent review and verification.
Canadian Civil society organizations are rallying behind efforts to create our own version of the Green New Deal expounded by U.S. Democrats. They are calling it The Pact for a Green New Deal. Canadian Greens applaud their commitment and enthusiasm and wholeheartedly endorse their demands for decisive action on the climate emergency, mainly because we have been describing and promoting this exact thing sometime past forever.
The Green New Deal has created a moment. Now we must seize this moment in common cause with civil society in Canada and the large number of NGOs challenging political parties to set out a Canadian Green New Deal. We must respond and support the youth from over 50 countries who have developed the People’s Platform.
A so we launch Mission: Possible – the Green Climate Action Plan.
Mission Possible is less about the original New Deal, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s massive public works program to lift post-Depression America out of poverty, and more about Churchill’s courageous World War II campaign to defeat fascism. It places Canada on something equivalent to a war footing to ensure the security of our economy, our children and their children – our future.
It incorporates all the requirements for economic justice, just transition, the guarantee of meaningful work, while also respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. It recognizes that we cannot achieve climate security in the absence of equity.
It is a commitment to achieve all 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to which the Government of Canada claims to have also committed. All 17 will be achieved by 2030.
We must, as a community of nations, ensure that global average temperature does not rise more than 1.5 degrees C over pre-Industrial Revolution levels. The October 8, 2018 report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes it clear that 2 degrees is far too dangerous. Somewhere below 2 degrees is the tipping point that plunges us into runaway global warming – a selfaccelerating, irreversible spiral of positive feedback loops leading to the loss of our hospitable biosphere and the potential extinction of most species on earth, including us. Holding to 1.5 degrees is not negotiable. It is do or die.
The Paris Agreement – to which Canada and all nations on earth are legally committed – calls for holding the global average temperature increase to no more than 1.5 degrees.
The current extinction crisis is largely driven by changes created by global warming. Still, we must do more to protect all species on earth from extinction at our own hands. We need to change loggingmethods, protect marine areas and be more aggressive in planning species recovery.
Canada’s contribution is Mission: Possible
Even though Canada currently has one of the worst records on earth for reducing greenhouse gases (GHG), we can still be the global leaders we must be. We can be an example to the world – a fossil fuel dependent country that plans and successfully executes the end of our dependence on fossil fuels. We can demonstrate leadership and press other countries to do more.
At the same time, a Greener government will strengthen our social safety net by establishing universal pharmacare and guaranteed liveable income by 2030. We will restore fairness to the tax system, support small business and address our national housing affordability crisis.
We will engage in meaningful nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous peoples and ensure that all levels of government – federal, provincial/territorial, municipal and Indigenous (FN, Métis and Inuit) – are involved in setting high-level national goals.
It is possible to build an equitable society.
It is possible to shift workers with transferable skills to well-paid jobs in the new Green economy.
It is possible to achieve reconciliation and justice with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
It is possible to stop using fossil fuels and save all life on Earth from our own greed and folly.